Catherine D’Amato’s passion for ending hunger was instilled in her from an early age by her Italian-immigrant father who never turned away a hungry person in need from his modest restaurant in Redding, California. A trailblazer and leader in food banking for 38 years, D’Amato has headed up The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) since 1995.
Under her guidance, GBFB’s food distribution has increased from the equivalent of 6.6 million to more than 50 million healthy meals annually through a network of 530 member food pantries, meal programs and shelters across Eastern Massachusetts.
“Hunger can be solved. GBFB is expanding its capacity, growing the volume of healthy foods, working in innovative and collaborative ways with partners and supporters to drive greater impact. We will do what we have to do to end hunger here.”
Catherine currently serves on the boards of Eastern Bank, the Massachusetts Food Association, the Forsyth Institute, New Market Community Partners and the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation. A former board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Basic Health International, D’Amato is an emeriti board member of the Boston Foundation and Feeding America. D’Amato is also a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Simmons College, UMass Boston, UMass Amherst and Boston University.
David Noymer joined The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) as Chief Financial Officer in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for Finance and Accounting, Information Technology, and Human Resources. Prior to joining GBFB, David served as CFO for several different service sector companies for over 20 years. Most recently, he was CFO at Accounting Management Solutions.
Previously, David served as CFO at Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Information Mapping, and Clinical Data and as a Director for the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International. David was elected Chair of the CFO Steering Committee for Feeding America for a two-year term starting in 2016. He earned a BSBA in Accounting from American University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Noymer is a CPA in Massachusetts.
Carol Tienken has been Chief Operating Officer of The Greater Boston Food Bank since 1999. Prior to joining GBFB, Tienken was at Polaroid Corporation in Domestic and International Marketing for 18 years. She also was an employee member of the Polaroid Foundation for five years, working on grant responses for the Boston-Area Community Committee.
Carol serves on the board of directors of the Newmarket Business Association and is an active member of its Issues Committee. Tienken grew up in sub-Saharan Africa as the daughter of an American diplomat and received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and MSJ in Magazine Editorial from Northwestern University.